AELP lobbies on behalf of its members to represent their views. Our main purpose is to lobby for government funded skills and employment programmes that increase work force productivity and improve social mobility.

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All Media and PR enquiries should be directed to Rebecca Durber, AELP's Director of Public Affairs: [email protected] or 07814 227365. 

Appointment of Nadhim Zahawi as new Education Secretary

Date published: 16.09.2021

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Appointment of Nadhim Zahawi as new Education Secretary In welcoming Nadhim Zahawi's appointment as the new Education Secretary, AELP CEO Jane Hickie said, “Nadhim Zahawi has a strong reputation for competence and delivery which is just what we need in the DfE when skills are so important to driving the economic recovery. We expect him to be in lockstep with the Chancellor in continuing the progress made under the Plan for Jobs where apprenticeships and traineeships play a vital role.

Skills Bill – LSIPs mustn’t be a trojan horse to interfere unnecessarily in employer demand for skills

Date published: 20.05.2021

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In response to the publication of the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill on 18 May, Association of Employment and Learning Providers chief executive Jane Hickie said: General comment “AELP welcomed the employer-informed approach of the white paper and is therefore generally comfortable with the direction of travel that the bill is pursuing, providing that it preserves the employer demand-led principles that successive governments have adopted since the 2006 Leitch review and which are now firmly

AELP responds to inclusion of a Skills Bill in the Queen’s Speech

Date published: 11.05.2021

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The government has announced in the Queen’s Speech that it will introduce a Skills and Post-16 Education Bill to Parliament on 18 May. The published details so far are available here: Prime Minister to revolutionise skills and training opportunities - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). AELP has also been briefed over the last month over the Bill’s likely contents which are relevant to ITPs and these are:

Our new Membership portal – MyAELP is now live!

Date published: 08.04.2021

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We are delighted to launch our new Membership portal - discover your AELP member only news, member only events, member-exclusive webinars and other member benefits, all in one place! Now you will have individual logins for each contact within a member organisation, with a valid organisation email address. (This replaces the existing login system that uses ‘one login for each member organisation’). You can access the portal here at my.aelp.org.uk

Budget 2021: Increased incentives for apprenticeships and traineeship boost welcomed

Date published: 03.03.2021

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The body which represents 800 training providers who train 7 out of 10 apprentices in England and supply the vast majority of traineeships has responded positively to the chancellor’s Budget boosts for skills. Association of Employment and Learning Providers chief executive Jane Hickie said: “The boost for traineeships so soon after last July’s investment is exactly the type of support that young people need to secure a job opportunity as we emerge from lockdown.

URGENT: For immediate member action

Date published: 31.12.2020

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URGENT: For immediate member action Implementation of the new coronavirus contingency framework and a phased return to learning provision required at the start of January. The government is mandating a phased return for learners attending physical institutions for training and education for the Spring Term and this impacts all FE providers including ITPs, as well as colleges and schools. Critically this means that most providers will need to reschedule their operational delivery which was

AELP responds to the Chancellor’s Spending Review announcements on skills

Date published: 25.11.2020

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The Treasury has announced the employment, apprenticeship and skills measures in the Spending Review in advance of the Chancellor making his statement on 25 November 2020. They include a DWP 3-year £2.9bn Restart scheme “to help more than one million unemployed people look for work. Individuals out of work for over 12 months will be provided with regular, intensive jobs support tailored to their circumstances”.

AELP response to ‘The English College of the Future’ report

Date published: 20.11.2020

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AELP feels compelled to respond to one particular recommendation in ‘The English College of the Future’ report published on 18 November 2020. The commission behind the report called for “introducing a legal duty on colleges to establish networks across appropriate economic geographies – which must be matched by a duty on all other post-16 education providers – to collaborate in the interests of students, communities and the economy”. Association of Employment and Learning Providers managing

AELP Member Survey 2020 – tell us what you think of us!

Date published: 26.10.2020

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Every two years we go out to all our members with a comprehensive survey to find out what you think of the services we offer, and to help us plan ahead. The 2020 survey was originally scheduled for April but not unsurprisingly the pandemic put paid to that plan, but we are pleased to say that it is now finally open for your comments! The results of this survey will feed directly into the Senior Management Team and AELP Board, and directly influence what we do and how we do it, so a few minutes

Prime Minister's speech on 29 September: "Time to get radical on adult retraining by using individual skills accounts", says AELP

Date published: 29.09.2020

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In response to the Prime Minister's speech later today, training providers say now is the time for the government to get radical on its approach to adults retraining and gaining new skills. The Association of Employment and Learning Providers, which represents training providers who train 7 out of 10 apprentices in England, has welcomed the PM's pledge to expand apprenticeships and to invest more in adult retraining, but argues that the impact of the pandemic means that the entire system of

‘Government should act on the Centre for Social Justice apprenticeships report immediately’

Date published: 10.08.2020

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Representing about 800 training providers who train 7 out of 10 apprentices in England, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) strongly supports many of the recommendations in the Centre for Social Justice report on apprenticeships published on 10 August. In the current circumstances, the calls for more support for SME apprentice employers and to incentivise more opportunities for young people are especially pertinent. Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ will be an acid test for restoring apprenticeship starts

Date published: 30.07.2020

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Government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ will be an acid test for restoring apprenticeship starts

AELP welcomes boost for traineeships and apprenticeships in Chancellor’s ‘Plan for Jobs’

Date published: 08.07.2020

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The Chancellor has revealed a sizeable package to combat youth unemployment as he set out the plan to help Britain bounce back from Covid-19. Sunak’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ focused on supporting, protecting and creating jobs across the UK, as the country enters the next phase of recovery following the coronavirus outbreak. Central to this plan is the £2bn Kickstart Scheme, which aims to create hundreds of thousands of new, high-quality government-subsidised jobs for unemployed young people.

AELP responds to government’s £111m boost for traineeships

Date published: 06.07.2020

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On the government’s announcement to triple the number of traineeships as part of its post-Covid economic recovery measures (https://bbc.in/3f3QfvT), AELP chief executive Mark Dawe said: “This is a fantastic first step in recognising the challenges we will face in supporting young people this autumn. Many of our member providers are keen to deliver traineeships and they have working relationships with 350,000 employers who can be engaged on this.

Latest apprenticeship data shows continued impact of the pandemic on the programme

Date published: 25.06.2020

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There were 26,090 apprenticeship starts reported between 23 March and 31 May 2020, fewer than the 50,050 reported for this period at this point last year, a decrease of 47.9%. Intermediate apprenticeships (L2) accounted for 26.9 per cent of starts; this was 37.1 per cent in 2018/19. Vacancies also slumped with the numbers for April and May 2020 (the first two full months for which data are available since the coronavirus restrictions were implemented on 23 March) being 2,020 and 1,850, which

AELP responds to the latest increase in unemployment

Date published: 16.06.2020

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Responding to today’s ONS data showing that since the pandemic began, unemployment has risen to 2.8m and youth unemployment has doubled to half a million, AELP chief executive Mark Dawe said:

AELP statement regarding legal advice on Cabinet Office guidance PPN 02/20

Date published: 01.06.2020

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Following careful consideration by its Board, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has decided that it will not pursue legal action against the Department for Education in relation to Procurement Policy Note 02/20: Supplier relief due to COVID-19, published by the Cabinet Office on 20 March 2020.

Covid-19 update: Flexibilities announced for traineeships

Date published: 07.05.2020

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Covid-19 update: Flexibilities announced for traineeships The DfE has announced new flexibilities to help maintain traineeship provision during the pandemic. On its published flexibilities request list, AELP had pointed out that due to Covid-19, there are scenarios where are trainees are stuck on programme without a work placement and trainees wanting to start their traineeships, but lacking work placement opportunities. We said that flexibility was required – for example, trainees could

AELP publishes legal advice in relation to the DfE's exclusion of levy funded apprenticeships from the scope of Cabinet Office Covid-19 government contractor protection guidance

Date published: 30.04.2020

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During Wednesday morning’s session of the Education Committee, the Secretary of State for Education was asked by Labour MP Ian Mearns why didn’t the DfE immediately comply with the Cabinet Office Covid-19 guidance for paying government contractors and announce support for those providers with an Education and Skills Funding Agency apprenticeships contract. Gavin Williamson replied, “We always comply with Cabinet Office guidance and we always will do”.

AELP statement concerning legal advice in respect of provider relief

Date published: 22.04.2020

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The Board of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers met on Tuesday and, as part of the agenda, considered the contents of the letter dated 17 April 2020 sent by the Apprenticeships and Skills Minister to all MPs in England on the Department for Education’s intention to provide support for apprenticeships and adult education. The minister’s letter made it clear that the proposed support would only be available to providers in respect of apprenticeships offered by non-levy paying

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